PUPIL PREMIUM (AND FREE SCHOOL MEALS)
The Pupil Premium funding, which is provided for students in receipt of free school meals, children looked after and also students with a parent currently serving/or having served in the armed forces in the last six years, is allocated to the school to address the issues associated with social disadvantage and support those students working below the expected levels for The Regis School. The aim of the funding is to narrow and eventually close any differences between their attainment and that of all students. When making appropriate provision for these children we also acknowledge that not all students in receipt of Pupil Premium are educationally disadvantaged. Qualifying pupils in 2020-21 result in the school receiving a grant of the amount £329,121. The Senior Leader responsible for overseeing our pupil premium students is Vice Principal, Mr Mark Critchard (Mark.Critchard@theregisschool.co.uk).
How do I get more information about claiming the Pupil Premium (PP)?
Parents can apply even if they don’t want to take up free school meals as this funding can assist your child in many ways, from extra tuition to assistance with school trips. So that we can benefit from this extra funding, please contact the Business manager, Mr Mark Betts (email@example.com) if you need help applying or if you need more information from the Local Authority (and an application form) click on the link below.
Through our work and evolved ethos as a Right Respecting School it is our firm belief that the rights of all children are upheld and that those with more support needs or who are disadvantaged receive the relevant support in order for them to achieve their full potential.
‘The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children’
Article 3 UNCRC
‘Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full’
Article 29 UNCRC
‘Governments must provide extra money for the children of families in need’
Article 26 UNCRC
In our context, some Pupil Premium students flourish but others have the following barriers to achieving in school, known to us by the use of performance, attendance and behaviour data as well as frequent discussions with the students themselves:
- Low self esteem
- Low aspirations
- Poor attendance
- Lower literacy and numeracy ability
- Other welfare issues that result in students not 'ready to learn'
Review of 2019/20 to help improve attainment further this academic year:
In 2020 our PP students improved their Progress 8 performance compared to the previous cohort from -0.54 to -0.36, accelerating the reduction between their performance and that of other students nationally. In the core basics measure of a good pass in both English and maths, outcomes increased from 43.75% to 52.63%. At the 5+ threshold, outcomes increased from 27.08% to 30.26%.
Improving outcomes in the basics is a key focus for the school, as is reducing further differences between the attainment and progress of PP students and other students within the school and nationally. The school recognises that for most progress measures, the overall progress of Pupil Premium students is not yet good enough and funding is earmarked for further academic support, especially in English and maths.
In 2018 we recognised that the attendance of Pupil Premium students was below national averages, as was persistent absence. We allocated significant resources and focus to address this and for 2019 PP attendance and PA were better than national average. We have continued to allocate additional funding in 2020 to embed this improvement, knowing that good attendance is crucial in giving students the best chance to secure better attainment. This year, we have continued, once again, to invest in a staff post to support PP specifically with their attendance.
We also recognise that while the numbers of students receiving sanctions remains low the Pupil Premium cohort received proportionately more sanctions than other students in the school. To continue to address this, funding is being used to further improve motivation to learn and raise aspirations - with targets to reduce the percentage of sanctions over the next academic year and increase the rewards when we catch Pupil Premium students being good.
The Staff and Governors of the Regis School are committed to working in partnership with students and parents / carers to ensure that provision is made which guarantees learning for all students so that everyone makes maximum progress and reaches their potential. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all groups of students and is constantly reviewed to ensure it meets this objective.
The school welcomes and shares the government’s aim of tackling all forms of social disadvantage and wants to provide everyone with opportunities that will support inclusion: by focusing on providing full access to opportunities available to others, support to improve attendance and ultimately securing the best possible educational outcomes for each individual student.
The Regis school will account for all Pupil Premium money in an open and responsible way and all provision will be regularly reviewed and evaluated.
To find a summary of how we spent our Pupil Premium last year and its impact please click HERE
To find out how we intend to spend this year's Pupil Premium funding and our plans for the next three years (from Sep 2019 - Sep 2022) click HERE